August opened with a bang for the Reapers of TriCoachGeorgia and the TriKidsGeorgia. There were training camps, races, clinics, with lots of training taking place. The heat is still unbearable but nobody is stopping for it.
While the TriKidsGeorgia recovered then began to build again for the next races and snuck in a road race here and there, we began the month with the annual Augusta 70.3 Half Ironman training camp on August 7th, 8th & 9th. This camp of over 200 attendees and many volunteers included a Friday ride and swim, a Saturday of the Gatorfest swims of 1.2 and 3.4 miles in the Savannah River then a 7-13 mile run, and the Sunday Ride for a Reason on the actual race course. We had great sponsors like Generation Ucan, Infinit, Base Performance, and All3Sports. In addition to these sponsors, we couldn’t have had such a great camp without our local sponsors helping us make this first class. Element Funding, Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union, University Health Federal Credit Union, Nutrishop Evans, the Augusta Sports Council, and Peak Rehabilitation, Fitness and Performance
After the competitive swim, where team members like Terminator aka Dr. Dick Thompson and Judas Priest aka Judith Garrard won their Age Groups, and a brutally hot mid-day run on Saturday, some highly praised lectures were given about the course and racing the distance from Dr. Luke Heusel from Augusta’s Peak Performance Labs, our affiliate. We had some great moments at the social and then everyone went out together for some well-deserved downtime and recovery meals.
Sunday’s ride was over 300 riders in various pace groups and went without a significant hitch. The pictures and social and in person feedback has been nothing short of astounding and we are frankly overwhelmed with the success and popularity. We could not have done this without the help of TriAugusta Triathlon Club and we encourage you to join the club at a low rate and high value!
Ironman Steelman 70.3 was the first race on our agenda this week for #TeamHargrove, including both Taz and Coach KimPossible. According to Ironman.com, the 1.2-mile swim in the clear refreshing waters of Lake Michigan, began on the beach. The bike course wound through rolling wine country and orchards, and the shaded run was lined with enthusiastic volunteers. Athletes finished on the beach. Both Hargroves had stellar races on the way to full distance Ironman races later this year. Both had high age group rankings in competitive groups and Taz even took home a podium slot for 5th AG and 20th overall.
All3Eedee of our affiliate, all3sports.com, headed out to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to race in the USATriathlon’s National Championships. She was part of one the largest fields ever in one of the most prized triathlons in the country and her results showed she belonged! She PR’d in two of her disciplines.
Lake Logan 70.3 Half Ironman was another race where we were represented. new athlete for Coach KimPossible, The Professor aka Wendy Metcalf overcame some physical ailments for a solid day there. This was a beautiful and scenic race and it is also very challenging but she didn’t let that stop her.
There was also the Richard B. Russell Olympic Distance triathlon for the TriThePark Series. EMANBOOM aka Esteven Price, Virginia Brooks, and BigBen aka Richard Nasser were there representing for the team. Like their recent strong performances, and in spite of various hurdles each faced, they did tremendously and all 3 achieved podium slots, with EMANBOOM even taking 3rd in Masters.
At the Jacksonville, Florida “Jax Tri #3“, Hoss aka Bradley Odom and TriKidGeorgia Keaton both hammered it for podium slots. Keaton finished up the series with a bang and claimed his 14 and under 1st place series award. He was so determined to complete the entire series that his family drove from St. Louis, where he was at math camp, all the way to Jacksonville to make it for this race.
As noted in prior blogs, we are also awaiting the World Championship 70.3 at the end of the month for Speedy Gonzalez aka Lester Benitez. September is also going to be huge with Augusta 70.3 and Ironman Chattanooga. October will be even bigger and November is no chump month either.
We are still adding awesome team members, producing great results, and enjoying ourselves. Come see what the fun is all about, either as a coached athlete or team member option. The team would welcome you with open arms.